SUMMARY: It is Halloween, Otter's favorite holiday, and he has so much to do. First they find a pumpkin, then they make their costumes and finally, decorations must be put up! Otter has everything ready until the trick or treaters arrive. Otter realizes he has a problem. The trick or treaters have scarier costumes than Otter and his friends do. Otter Keeper saves the day with a simple solution that keeps the fun rolling.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They are full of fun, hilarious and vibrantly colored details from beginning to end. I love the end papers which are covered with pictures of enticing candy. It was a very eye catching way to begin the book.
THE GOOD: Otter is a quirky character who brings a laugh to the reader with very little effort. And although Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays, I was caught up in Otter's impatient enthusiasm. This book did a great job of portraying how a child can be excited about an event, but have fears at the same time. Instead of letting Otter hide away, Otter Keeper coaxes Otter out from the bed and helps him overcome his fears in order to have a great time.
THE NOT AS GOOD: At times I feel the writing does not match the character of Otter. Otter acts like a child, but talks like and adult. "It was then that we ran into a problem."
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 4-8
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